Melodeon.net Forums

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

Welcome to the new melodeon.net forum

Pages: 1 ... 9 10 11 12 13 [14] 15 16 17 18 19 ... 22   Go Down

Author Topic: Beginners Showcase!  (Read 101726 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

simonj

  • Member
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 17
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #260 on: January 21, 2015, 06:25:48 PM »

Thanks Bob.

I like the tune for a start, but am also hoping to join my local morris side when my life calms down a little. Thank you for the suggestion, I realise I do play most things staccato, including the guitar. I will make a conscious effort to smooth things out. I can also hear the too-short note now you mention it.

I wonder if my Hohner is that clacky... I don't know much anything about sound recording, so it could be the mic accentuating those sounds. I do quite like clacking and air button noises from melodeons though, it's part of their charm!
Logged

arty

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1151
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #261 on: January 21, 2015, 06:39:15 PM »

While Bob has given you really good advice, don't be too hard on yourself, to the point that you enjoy it less. For just 10 weeks, you are doing really, really well!
My only advice to any beginner, would be to play slowly until you can play it comfortably without mistakes. Then, start to speed up the tune a bit at a time. Enjoy and well done!
Logged
Pre-Pokerwork C/F, Castagnari Laura G/C, Beltuna Sara 3 A/D

Lester

  • MADman
  • Mods and volunteers
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 7976
  • Hohners'R'me
    • Lester's Melodeon Emporium and Tune-a-Rama
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #262 on: January 21, 2015, 07:01:20 PM »

Personally I far prefer people playing staccato for dance than, even Sherborne ones, than mushy legato (piano accordion).

ps Extraordinarily good playing for one of so few weeks

Bob Ellis

  • Hero?....Where's my medal, then?
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2641
  • Ain't I cute?
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #263 on: January 21, 2015, 07:22:29 PM »

Normally, I would agree with you, Lester, but Orange in Bloom is, in my opinion, one of the few exceptions. My Morris side would not be happy if I played it too staccato.
Logged
Bob in beautiful Wensleydale, Les Panards Dansants, Crook Morris and the Loose Knit Band.
Clément Guais 3-row D/G/acc.; Karntnerland Steirische 3-row G/C/F; Ellis Pariselle 2.6-row D/G/acc.; Gabbanelli Compact 2-row D/G with lots of bling, Acadian one-row in D; Junior Martin one-row in C.

simonj

  • Member
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 17
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #264 on: January 22, 2015, 06:42:27 PM »

Thank you for the kind compliments and advice. I have tried playing it more legato, and tried making a video as well. Unfortunately the stage fright got me and I messed up! I will practice OiB quite a bit more before attempting any recordings.

I have just realised I can switch the camera around on my phone, so here is a quick video of another BS tune (Beginners' Showcase that is), just because. Quite boring, without frills, but I think fairly mistake free (of course it has my trademarks of playing fast and loose with timings).

I will give the uploads a rest after this, promise.

Speed the Plough
Logged

Helena Handcart

  • Nine-box Nellie
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1582
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #265 on: January 22, 2015, 06:49:06 PM »

Excellent work - good to see you're getting on so well and enjoying your (first) box. 


Logged
Sideways typing on the wooden handbag (now with added electric typewriter).

The Ewell SessionsGreen Man Sword | Taylor's Morris | Nellodeon on Soundcloud| Melodeon Playgroup |

Lester

  • MADman
  • Mods and volunteers
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 7976
  • Hohners'R'me
    • Lester's Melodeon Emporium and Tune-a-Rama
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #266 on: January 22, 2015, 06:54:11 PM »

Nicely played, steady pace, good left hand,  (:)

A couple of observations:
  • When you change bellows direction you appear to rotate the bellows which is not a good thing. The rotation delays the change the air direction from the bellows and so causes the following note to start late. Probably not a problem with this tune but a bad habit that you should consider working on.
  • It is normal to play StP with 2 As and then 2 Bs rather than the single ones you played
« Last Edit: January 22, 2015, 06:58:43 PM by Lester »
Logged

simonj

  • Member
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 17
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #267 on: January 22, 2015, 07:17:52 PM »

Sorry Lester, could you clarify both points please?

When changing the direction of the bellows, do you mean I am rotating vertically, or horizontally (or both)? I haven't had any tuition on bellows control so I've been happily and obliviously heaving them about.

I thought I did play two As and two Bs...  ??? You do mean "twice through the A music and then twice through the B music" right?

Thanks for taking the time to help  :D :|glug


Thanks, Helena. I will make it to a Alton Steady Session one of these days...!
Logged

TomBom

  • Respected Sage
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 468
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #268 on: January 22, 2015, 10:29:46 PM »

I am not qualified enough to give playing advice, but I learned a lot of this excellent video of Stiamh:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTZjeiqFbAA
That might be what Lester's first observation is about.

Thomas
Logged

Lester

  • MADman
  • Mods and volunteers
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 7976
  • Hohners'R'me
    • Lester's Melodeon Emporium and Tune-a-Rama
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #269 on: January 23, 2015, 03:47:30 PM »

Sorry Lester, could you clarify both points please?

When changing the direction of the bellows, do you mean I am rotating vertically, or horizontally (or both)? I haven't had any tuition on bellows control so I've been happily and obliviously heaving them about.

I thought I did play two As and two Bs...  ??? You do mean "twice through the A music and then twice through the B music" right?

Thanks for taking the time to help  :D :|glug


Thanks, Helena. I will make it to a Alton Steady Session one of these days...!

The rotation I mean is in the vertical plane ie the bass end is at 11 o'clock on the pushes and 12 o'clock on the pulls. On looking again I may have been overstating the effect.  :P

Re 2A's and 2B's you are only playing 1 of each, here is my rendition of how it is normally played

simonj

  • Member
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 17
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #270 on: January 23, 2015, 06:08:27 PM »

Thanks, those videos have helped. Watching myself again, I can really see what you mean. Must do better!

In my defence, the abc file I learnt StP is from the Alton Steady Session tune list (found here), and is notated how I played it there. I have watched other videos of this tune, so I should have really picked up on the repetitions though  :P
Logged

The Happy Wanderer

  • Respected Sage
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 283
  • Squeezing out Polkas on my Club Accordion.
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #271 on: February 05, 2015, 07:05:53 PM »

Today, I have recorded some more songs.  ;D

Ennstaler Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RwyEkOb7zI

Tune From CzechoSlovakia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqizzm2jIUw

The Happy Wanderer (Redone)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8VRju58Pkw

Thank you God, for helping me get, and play the Melodeon. Also, thank you for guiding me to Melodeon.net, so that I could meet some very kind people, who are very helpful as well. Please help all of us, and guide us all to do the right thing. Thank you God, Amen.
Logged
Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe C/F Club

arty

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1151
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #272 on: February 05, 2015, 09:13:38 PM »

The Happy Wanderer.......I don't think I have ever seen anyone smile so much while playing the melodeon. It obviously makes you very happy and it's uplifting to watch! Keep at it!
Logged
Pre-Pokerwork C/F, Castagnari Laura G/C, Beltuna Sara 3 A/D

Sebastian

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1012
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #273 on: February 05, 2015, 09:28:08 PM »

Hi, happy Wanderer,

bravo!

I like the little embellishments in the melody and the nice endings you give to the tunes. At the end of the Ennstaler Polka it took me completely by surprise and put a happy smile on my face. ;D

I see you press sometimes two buttons simultaniously. That is good. Maybe you want to try to play a tune completely with two voices as for example here in this version of the Ennstaler Polka. (When you try it, it will maybe be sound better with muted L-reed, but you could try different reed-combinations.)

One unrelated question: Why is the cross in the lower left corner of the poster on the wall blue when all others are red? 

The Happy Wanderer

  • Respected Sage
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 283
  • Squeezing out Polkas on my Club Accordion.
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #274 on: February 05, 2015, 09:55:57 PM »

The blue is for Mary's halo. I actually painted it. The funny thing is, that painting was an image that just popped into my head one day while reading about Abraham in the bible. I think the idea came somewhat from Pysanka eggs.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2015, 10:00:31 PM by The Happy Wanderer »
Logged
Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe C/F Club

The Happy Wanderer

  • Respected Sage
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 283
  • Squeezing out Polkas on my Club Accordion.
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #275 on: February 16, 2015, 07:36:40 PM »

Today, I recorded more!  :||:

Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the Melodeon. I am very grateful you helped me learn to read music. Amen.

Little Brown Jug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onY_leB9ifY
 
Ennstaler Polka ~ Chord Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umuvCWwtrSQ
 
Just Because
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuXj0JdOr0k
Logged
Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe C/F Club

TomBom

  • Respected Sage
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 468
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #276 on: February 17, 2015, 09:25:34 PM »

Ennstaler Polka ~ Chord Version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umuvCWwtrSQ
I suggest to avoid two-note chords on the pull with buttons 5 & 6 and 9 & 10 as these intervals sound dissonant. You could pull buttons 3 & 6 and 7 & 10 respectively.
Logged

Harp2

  • Good talker
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 81
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #277 on: February 20, 2015, 06:56:06 PM »

Happy Great Job!
Keep playing and posting.
Your Smile has inspired me to do some playing today  (:)
Logged

The Happy Wanderer

  • Respected Sage
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 283
  • Squeezing out Polkas on my Club Accordion.
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #278 on: March 04, 2015, 01:13:49 AM »

I recorded three more Melodeon videos today. I hope you like my Melodeon tie too.  ;D

Dear God, thank you for helping me get, and play the Melodeon, and Harmonica. I am very grateful for you guiding me to learn sheet music too. Amen.

Julida Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHRd1Xazyn4&feature=youtu.be

Ennstaler Polka ~ Chord Version New and Improved Version!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brqtETPACs8

Red River Valley Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf1bo9fCbc4
Logged
Mundinger Diaton III Grand Luxe C/F Club

Sebastian

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1012
Re: Beginners Showcase!
« Reply #279 on: March 04, 2015, 09:34:50 AM »

 (:)

Red River Valley Polka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf1bo9fCbc4
I think the chordal accompaniment on the second long note doesn't sound right to me.
Pages: 1 ... 9 10 11 12 13 [14] 15 16 17 18 19 ... 22   Go Up
 


Melodeon.net - (c) Theo Gibb; Clive Williams 2010. The access and use of this website and forum featuring these terms and conditions constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.